© 2006 – Routledge
262 pages | 19 B/W Illus.
A unique examination of why the quest for global free trade often forgets that trade liberalization is organized regionally rather than multilaterally.
There are now more than 250 regional integration initiatives and this number is steadily increasing. This trend raises a key question: What is the impact of regional integration, both for the countries involved and for those excluded from regional integration schemes?
Using a combined economic, political science and scientific approach, this book explores how regional integration can be measured and evaluated and delivers comprehensive answers. It looks at the methodological problems involved in designing monitoring tools for regional integration in a systematic way and makes a number of concrete suggestions for designing and organising systems of indicators of regional integration. It also offers a critical overview of available indicators and tools and presents crucial new monitoring instruments.
This book will be of great interest to students and researchers of international relations and economics as well as policy makers and professionals within international and regional organizations.
Part 1. General Theoretical and Methodological Aspects 1. Indicators of Regional Integration: Conceptual and Methodological Aspects 2. Towards a Qualitative Monitoring of Regional Integration 3. Communicative Indicators for the Study of Regional Integration: a Critical Theory perspective Part 2. Assessment of Economic Integration 4. Regional Integration Agreements and the Geography of World Trade: Statistical Indicators and Empirical Evidence 5. Explaining Regionalisation via Relative Trade Intensities 6. Assessing the Impact of Regional Integration Agreements: an Analytical Framework for Rulemaking in Trade and Investment 7. Comparative Fiscal Integration Indicators 8. Indicators of Real Economic Convergence 9. Measuring and Explaining Levels of Regional Economic Integration Part 3. Assessing Political Integration, Regional Governance and Peace 10. Regional Integration and (Good) Regional Governance: Are Common Standards and Indicators Possible? 11. Assessing Accountability of Regional Organisations 12. Measuring the Impact of Regional Organizations on Peace Building